By Bernard Werber
This is the beautiful overseas bestseller within the culture of Watership Down yet with a gloomy, unique twist. targeted, bold, and unforgettable, it tells the tale of a typical kin who by accident threaten the safety of a hidden civilization as clever as our own--a colony of ants made up our minds to outlive at any cost....
Jonathan Wells and his younger family members have come to the Paris flat at three, rue des Sybarites during the bequest of his eccentric past due uncle Edmond. Inheriting the dusty condominium, the Wells family members are left with just one caution: Never move down into the cellar.
But while the kinfolk puppy disappears down the basement steps, Jonathan follows--and quickly his spouse, his son, and diverse would-be rescuers vanish into its mysterious depths.
Meanwhile, in a pine stump in a close-by park, an unlimited civilization is in turmoil. the following a tender lady from the russet ant country of Bel-o-kan learns unusual new weapon has been killing off her comrades. to determine why, she enlists assistance from a warrior ant, and the 2 trigger on separate trips right into a harsh and violent global. it's a international the place dying takes many forms--savage birds and voracious lizards, warlike dwarf ants and rapacious termites, toxic beetles and, such a lot strange of all, the fast, murderous, significant guardians of the sting of the realm: cars.
Yet the tip of the female's determined quest could be the eerie mystery within the cellar at three, rue des Sybarites--a secret she needs to clear up so that it will satisfy her precise future because the new queen of her personal nice empire. yet to take action she needs to first make unthinkable communion with the main barbaric creatures of all.
Empire of the Ants is a superb evocation of a hidden civilization as advanced as our personal and much extra old. it's a interesting realm the place boats are outfitted of leaves and greenflies are domesticated and milked like cows, the place voters lock antennae in "absolute communication" and struggle wars with accurately coordinated armies utilizing sprays of glue and acids which could dissolve a snail. no longer considering that Watership Down has a singular so vividly captured the lives and struggles of a fellow species and the dear classes they must educate us.
From the Hardcover edition.